After a premature end to his 2008 season, New England Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas is ready to rebound in 2009. Thomas lead the team in sacks through nine games before breaking his arm. He was forced to sit and watch as the Patriots missed the playoffs, despite winning their final four games. Recently, the Bleacher Report sat down with Thomas to chat about football, chess, and underprivileged youth. True to form, Thomas tackled each question as if it were an unprotected quarterback.
Bleacher Report: How is the arm feeling? Will you be ready for training camp in July?
B/R: Before the injury, you were having an excellent season. Were you becoming more confident in your role?
B/R: You were injured on November 9th, but the Patriots didn't place you on injured reserve until December 5th. Did you or the team think you could have played with the injury?
B/R: How did it feel not being able to help the team through the final two months of the season?
B/R: Bill Belichick seems to have entrusted you with organizing the defense on-field. What did it take to earn that trust, and how do you meet Belichick's expectations?
B/R: You're a chess fanatic. How do that game's mental skills translate to football?
B/R: With the Ravens, you played defensive line, linebacker and defensive back. How did the challenges of each position help you develop your overall game?
B/R: What is the most important aspect of football that many fans might not know?
B/R: How do you feel about the possibility of Jason Taylor landing with the Patriots?
B/R: This offseason, the team has traded Mike Vrabel and not re-signed Rodney Harrison. With their departures and a young defense, do you feel additional pressure to take on a leadership role?
B/R: How excited is the defense to face Tom Brady every day in practice again?
B/R: You're a very active with youth camps and charities, both in Boston and Mississippi. What are some of your favorite ways to help the community? What are the most rewarding aspects of your charitable work?
B/R: When you retire, what is the most important thing you want people to remember about your career?